• Lou J

Even 10 pieces of trash makes a difference !

Updated: Dec 19, 2021

Recently during a trek my health was not 100%. Sadly at that time I wasn’t feeling well and could not do my usual chore of picking up loads of trash and cleaning up the mountain. I could only pick up minimal amounts of trash and that day, on my way back down, I was only able to pick up 10 pieces. I would have liked to pick up all the trash but my body just would not let me. Despite my body giving up, my heart still wanted to clean up, but I was only able to pick up 10 pieces.

I packed the trash into my bag and continued down to Lukla. At the airport there was a policeman checking bags and he saw the bottles and plastic in my bag. He was surprised and thanked me for helping the Khumbu area by keeping it clean. If all travelers did the same, then we would not see as much trash on the mountain in the future. I asked him why he was surprised to see the trash in my bag and he answered that I was the first person he had ever seen carry out trash from the Everest region. I was disappointed that on this occasion I could not pick up and carry out more trash. Although I was unwell and tired, in my heart I knew I could not just do nothing. 10 pieces does not seem like much, but if we all collected and carried out 10 pieces of trash, this would make an amazing difference. Act now for tomorrow.

Every step counts_@sthraj

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